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Location:

Idaho Falls,ID,United States

Member Since:

Oct 15, 2016

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

My slow and steady marathon progression (left out Huntsville 2015):

  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2014 (4:24:34)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2015 (3:41:55)
  • St George Marathon 2016 (3:37:44)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2017 (3:28:49)
  • St George Marathon 2017 (3:11:52)
  • St George Marathon 2018 (3:02:43)

Half marathons (Missing several):

  • Provo Haunted Half 2014 (1:40:31)
  • Utah Valley Half 2015 (1:34:30.1)
  • Inaugural Everglades Half 2016 (1:36:28)
  • Canyonlands Half 2017 (1:33:22)
  • Bryce Canyon Half 2017 (1:31:49)
  • Pocatello Half 2017 (1:32:04)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Running under 3:00 at the Ogden Marathon in May 2019!

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finishing a marathon in under 3 hours. This is actually my goal in my upcoming marathon in May 2019.

Personal:

Happily married with one kid. Chemical engineer, now studying statistics. Although I've always maintained a healthy level of fitness, I didn't pick up running until junior year at BYU. Now I live in Idaho, where I leave for work at 5am and don't get home until 5:40pm. I try to get a short run in before work and on a blue moon I do a little something else after work. Some might call that a weekend warrior, but I make an honest effort during the week as well. Say hello!

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 128.00 Year: 2632.08
Skechers GOmeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 825.67
Skechers GOrun 5 Lifetime Miles: 774.34
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 320.91
ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Lifetime Miles: 32.69
Total Distance
202.89
Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 70.05Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 29.72Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 64.96
Total Distance
5.49

Early in. (5.49 in 43:48)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 5.49
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Total Distance
5.77

Early in. One mile warm up outside, then 3 sets of 1 mile at threshold pace with 2 minute recoveries in between. (5.77 in 41:46)

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5.47

Early in. Very comfortable run. I ran 2 minutes at a perceived marathon effort. Was happy with the pace I saw on my watch, however inaccurate it may be... getting psyched up for Saturday! (5.47 in 43:02)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 5.47
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4.40

Early in. Wet and rainy outside. 4.4 on the treadmill with some short efforts, but kept it pretty light. Now it's just a matter of getting to southern Utah. (4.4 in 33:43)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 4.40
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Total Distance
3.50

Slept in. Easy 30 minute run in Cottonwood Heights, UT (3.5 in 30:04)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 3.50
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Race: St George Marathon (26.219 Miles) 03:02:43, Place overall: 139, Place in age division: 19
Total Distance
26.22

Well this was a great race, and I wrote about 2 pages of things I wanted to remember about, when my computer crashed. Don't trust a 5 year-old macbook. 

This was by far the best I've done. A few weeks ago, I decided that I had a sub-3:05 in me, and thought it would be cool to try and qualify for Boston, even if I didn't get a fast enough to time to actually register. I also decided I did not have enough to get sub-3:00, so I am pretty satisfied with how I predicted my performance today. The first half I averaged a 7:05 pace, and for the full race I averaged a 6:58 pace, which I think aligns pretty well with the elevation profile of the race. Weather conditions seemed threatening at the start line, but the rain actually let up a few minutes before the race started, and there was little or no precipitation throughout the race and cooler temperatures than I've seen in the other two years that I've run this race. The winds were also low to nothing. I am happy with how I performed today in all aspects that are important to me (mental, physical, spiritual). When I approached the finish line, I had a pretty weak kick, but I didn't necessarily fade either so I view that as pacing the race pretty well. I don't think I could have squeezed any more than 10-20 seconds off of my time today. 

Race nutrition before and during the race. Thursday: Breakfast was a can of tuna with cream of wheat. Lunch was quinoa with roasted butternut squash and zucchini. Snacks were carrots and a green apple. For dinner, Cheyenne and I split a Subway sandwich (turkey breast with ALL the veggies!) and some homemade no-knead bread that Cheyenne made that day. When we got to SLC, my aunt had made us a tuna casserole, which we had to eat since everything she makes is amazing. Also snacked on mini wheats. Friday (more grazing throughout the day than actually defined meals): after an easy 30 minute run, I had a little yogurt with a 1/2 cup of oatmeal squares (a Quaker brand cereal). Also splurged on some fresh-picked tiny tomatoes from my aunt's garden. Later I had some very hot quick oats mixed with peanut butter. On the drive from SLC to STG I had some more homemade bread (very herb-y), a green apple, and about 1/2 of a high-fiber bagel. At the expo, I had more than my fair share of the oat-y and nutty samples at the Clif bar vendor booth, and some additional samplings of honey stinger waffle at another vendor booth as well (perfect way to stay consistent with the "grazing"). For "dinner", 2 simple small Krusteaz pancakes with peanut butter and a little syrup. Later, 1/4 of the same kind of bagel with cream cheese. 15 minutes before bed: Significantly diluted hot chocolate made from the various ingredients instead of a mix (cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sugar). Race morning, a serving size of hot quick oats mixed with peanut butter. At the start line, a 1/3 cut of not-quite-ripe banana, an orange slice, and a cup of hot chocolate. I didn't eat or drink anything for 1.5 hours before the race started. During the race: approximately 1/6 of a gel packet at every mile marker, except I abstained at 3 or 4 markers where I felt like I definitely didn't need it. In total, almost 4 gel packets. Other than 2 gel packets, I didn't get anything except water at aid stations, and I got about 2-3 sips of water at EVERY station. I did the whole race with 2/2 breathing.

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 26.22
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Total Distance
2.50

Very slow walk, catching up on GC missed during yesterday's race (2.5 in 50:00)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 2.50
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Total Distance
3.50

Early morning walk while catching up on GC with my phone. (3.5 in 1:10:00)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 3.50
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Total Distance
5.55

Legs started to relax in the last couple of miles. Felt good. (5.55 in 55:45)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 5.55
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Total Distance
8.00

Legs are feeling more relaxed every day (8 in 1:14:57)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
7.34

I've woken up without an alarm every day this week and then immediately gone to a run or walk. Today was no different. Got very wet in the rain. Still here in Hurricane. (7.34 in 1:04:45)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 7.34
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Total Distance
10.00

10 easy miles on an incline, on a treadmill at the CHRC. I think I'm starting to come down with something. My congestion keeps getting worse (10 in 1:20:12)

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10.00

Easy 10 while watching Chuck. Congestion has yet to go away. (10 in 1:20:00)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
3.80

Easy, with some strength training before and after. (3.8 in 30:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.80
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Total Distance
3.82

Easy, but this phlegm is unappreciated... (3.82 in 30:00) Did some strength training like yesterday.

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.82
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Total Distance
3.88

Early in. Strength training before and after the run. Easy with some incline. (3.88 in 30:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.88
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Total Distance
3.96

Early in. Easy with a steady speed-up to marathonish pace. (3.96 in 30:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.96
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Total Distance
14.80

Home treadmill. Easy buildup, all the way to marathon pace. It was a 13 mile buildup to 8.7 (6:55-ish pace), and it felt really good. Gradual cooldown afterwards for almost 2 miles. (14.8 in 1:50:03)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 14.80
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Total Distance
10.79

Outside. Chilly. Easy run around the greenbelt (10.79 in 1:30:00)

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Total Distance
7.26

Early in. Easy run with an incline on the treadmill. I planned to run for an hour. Stopped at 56 minutes for suspect twinge in the achilles. I really am not sure whether it was anything or not, but it'd be really lame if it turned out to be an issue and I didn't rest it. Will run again tomorrow (7.26 in 56:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 7.26
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Total Distance
7.76

Early run at home. Stayed home for the morning to go do a session, which was just what I needed! (7.76 in 1:00:00)

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7.78

Early in. Easy with a 10-minute speed-up to M pace in the last 10 minutes (7.78 in 1:00:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 7.78
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7.79

Early in. Did it on an incline today. Fast finish, but pretty easy overall (7.79 in 1:00:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 7.79
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Total Distance
8.39

Early in. 20 minutes easy. 20 minute tempo (6:40 pace), and then 6x1minute pickups. Was a decent sized workout just to see how things are. I'm not really looking to get back into a training cycle yet. Next race is Ogden Full on May 18th and my goal is to BQ at that race.. (8.39 in 1:00:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 8.39
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Total Distance
13.27

Easy long treadmill run. (13.27 in 1:41:30)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 13.27
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Total Distance
3.89

Early in. Easy 30 minutes on the treadmill. Strength training (3.89 in 30:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.89
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Total Distance
4.12

Early in. 4x400m (5:55/mi) on the treadmill with long rests in between (4.12 in 30:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 4.12
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Total Distance
3.84

Early in. Easy with a little climb (~250') (3.84 in 30:00)
 

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Total Distance
202.89
Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 70.05Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 29.72Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 64.96
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